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Margaret Vinduska

Services for Margaret M. Vinduska, 96, Marion, who died Aug. 22 at Hillsboro Community Hospital, were Aug. 24.

Margaret Pachta Vinduska was born Oct. 12, 1922, near Belleville, Kansas. She is the only child of Adolph and Stella Chopp Pachta. Margaret started school in a country school and graduated from Belleville High School in 1939. Her parents bought a piano-accordion that she learned to play for school programs, glee club and mixed chorus.

She attended the Lincoln, Nebraska School of Commerce and worked for the Lincoln Packing Company and was a civilian employee of the Lincoln Army Air Corps base. Margaret also played the piano at Beaumont’s Tea Room for three years while in Nebraska, playing request for the soldiers. She was an organist at St. Edwards Catholic Church in Belleville from 1930 until 1941. After moving to Lincoln, Nebraska, she was an organist for the Catholic and Protestant chapels on the air base.

On June 3, 1946, she was united in marriage to Paul Vinduska, living near Pilsen for 73 years. Margaret joined the Senior Choir at the St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in 1953 and became the organist in 1957 and continued playing in the parish until she was 90 years old.

She was a member of the Wichita Diocesan Liturgical Commission after Vatican II. Margaret attended all the workshops learning about the new liturgies. She was a member of the Newton district Council of Catholic Women, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, the American Legion Auxiliary and Holy Family Parish.

Margaret’s loving family includes her son Edward Vinduska of rural Marion, and daughter Darlene Vinduska and husband, Dick Nancarrow of Overland Park; grandchildren Marcus Meerian, and wife, Amy, Matthew, Melinda Meerian, and Michael Meerian wife, Mariana, and Cecilia Nancarrow; and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Paul; and daughter Carolyn Meerian.

Margaret was laid to rest in Pilsen Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Father Kapaun Legacy Fund or the Father Kapaun Scholarship Fund.

Yazel-Megli-Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion is serving the family. Please sign Margaret’s online guestbook and leave a memory at www.ymzfh.com.

Last modified Aug. 28, 2019

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